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or phar·ma·co·pe·ia

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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength and purity, and other related information.
  2. a stock of drugs.
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Origin of pharmacopoeia

1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formsphar·ma·co·poe·ial, phar·ma·co·poe·ic, adjectivephar·ma·co·poe·ist, noun
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Related Words for pharmacopoeia

goods, supply, fund, stockpile, inventory, store, reserve, selection, cache, assets, reservoir, variety, wares, assortment, choice, range, produce, array, hoard, accumulation

Examples from the Web for pharmacopoeia

Historical Examples of pharmacopoeia

  • Nothing in the pharmacopoeia could physic him into a pacific state.

    Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories

    William Carleton

  • Above all, the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!

    The Pocket R.L.S.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The flowers were official in the London pharmacopoeia as late as 1746.

  • Above all the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!

    The Merry Men

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • They furnish, however, the pharmacopoeia of medicine and not the practice of medicine.

British Dictionary definitions for pharmacopoeia


sometimes US pharmacopeia

  1. an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
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Derived Formspharmacopoeial or pharmacopoeic, adjectivepharmacopoeist, noun

Word Origin for pharmacopoeia

C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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pharmacopoeia in Medicine


  1. A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.
  2. A collection or stock of drugs.
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